BALTIMORE – Ryan Moran, an assistant at the University of Maryland for the last six seasons, has been named an assistant coach at Loyola University Maryland, announced Charley Toomey, the Greyhounds’ head coach.
The Long Island native comes to the Evergreen campus where he will work with the Greyhounds’ offensive unit. Moran joined the Maryland staff in September 2008 as an assistant coach, and he was the Terrapins’ associate head coach the last two years.
“We are pleased to welcome Ryan and his family to Loyola and our men’s lacrosse program,” Toomey said. “Ryan has an outstanding track record of developing offensive players and leaders, and we are looking forward to him starting work with us on the field and in recruiting.”
He helped Maryland reach the NCAA Championships in each of his six seasons in College Park, including three trips to Championship Weekend (2011, 2012 and 2013), the first two culminating in Championship Game bids. The Terrapins won 70 percent of their games while Moran was an assistant coach, going 70-30 since 2009.
“I am very excited to work with Coach Toomey and Coach (Matt) Dwan,” Moran said. “Being at Maryland for 11 of last 16 years was a great experience with many people who helped me build a strong foundation, and it will always hold a very special place in my heart. Now, I am looking forward to being at another great school with a great tradition and successes that places lacrosse in such high regard and puts an emphasis on the sport.”
Moran’s offensive units averaged 10.92 goals per game over his six seasons at Maryland while playing some of the toughest schedules in collegiate lacrosse. He also coached the Terrapins’ faceoff unit that was ranked in the nation’s top seven for three of his years, including 2014 when Maryland won 64.6 percent of restarts, the third-best mark in Division I.
During his six years, he coached seven Maryland players that earned a combined 15 USILA All-America honors.
Prior to joining the coaching staff in College Park, Moran was a assistant coach at the U.S. Naval Academy for current U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team Coach Richie Meade from 2006-2008. He helped the Midshipmen to three NCAA Tournament appearances and two Patriot League titles (2006 and 2007).
He started his coaching career at the Naval Academy Prep School in 2005, leading NAPS to a 10-1 record that featured wins over the U.S. Military Academy’s junior varsity team and the USMAPS squad.
Moran comes from a lineage of top lacrosse coaches, as his father, Jack, has been the coach at Long Island power Chaminade High School for more than 30 years, winning his 500th career game in May 2014. Ryan’s great uncle, Richie, is a U.S. Lacrosse National Hall of Fame member and led Cornell University to three national titles.
As a collegiate player at Maryland, the younger Moran was a standout on the Terrapins’ midfield units. In two seasons, 2002 and 2003, as an offensive middie, Moran scored a combined 39 goals and added 11 assists for the Dave Cottle-coached teams.
Moran was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and member of the ACC All-Tournament Team as a senior in 2003, helping the Terrapins to a 12-4 record and appearance in the national semifinals. He finished the season with 24 goals, second-most on the team, and 31 points, tied for third on the squad, earning USILA All-America Third Team honors.
He was a third-round pick, 18th overall, of the Baltimore Bayhawks in the 2003 Major League Lacrosse College Draft. Moran played in eight games as a rookie and was traded to the Philadelphia Barrage at the end of the 2003 season. He then helped the Barrage win the 2004 MLL Championship before being traded to the Long Island Lizards for the 2005 campaign, in which he scored 10 goals and added six assists.
As a high school player, Moran was an All-American lacrosse player for Chaminade, and he also was an all-league defensive back for the Flyers’ as a junior and senior.
Moran and his wife, Danielle, a two-time All-American herself at the University of Notre Dame, have three daughters, Madelynn, Kelly and Lucia.